The 2022 Cairns Cup played at The Shire London was a great success, the event ran over 7 days starting with a CHARITY GOLF DAY on Monday 9th May. The day started with David Edwards Trick shot show before the 28 teams that entered tee’d off on a really hot day.
The teams made up of a Cairns Cup player from USA or Europe playing alongside 3 players from event sponsors played some excellent golf that resulted with SLS securities just pipping Team Aves on the very last hole.
The presentation dinner in the evening was attended by 170 people, David Edwards hosted the evening and through an auction and other activities raised £7000 on the day.
Tuesday saw The Golf Trust working with the Cairns Cup players host an open day for people with disabilities, this is the LEGACY of the Cairns Cup where the aim is to encourage more people with disabilities take up the game and hopefully one day become Cairns Cup Players.
Wednesday was the opening ceremony for the Cairns Cup where The Right Honourable Theresa Villiers MP for Chipping Barnet opened the event, Sing Out Choir made the event special with some tear jerking renditions of Proud by Heather Small and Hey Jude by The Beatles along with powerful national anthems sung by Camilla Farrant and Melissa Marshall both trained opera singers. This set the stage for the main event the 3 day Cairns Cup.
The Cairns Cup Overview
Over the 3 days we saw some excellent golf played in Fourballs, Foursomes & Singles on the opening day 22 out of 24 players hit the Par 3 first hole over water, hitting the first shot on opening day of a prestigious event is no mean feat but the standard was set for the week.
For all the good golf played from both teams USA took an early lead in all the matches and managed to keep their noses in front despite Europe fighting back hard, day 1 result 6 – 0 to USA did not reflect how close the matches were, team Europe were still confident of a comeback on day 2 in the foursomes.
The foursomes was the day when the golf really came to life, 5 out of 6 games went to the 18th and the other match finished on the 17th. Team Europe came out of the traps flying and at one stage looked like getting 5 games on the board but USA wouldn’t give in and fought back.
The last few holes in all the matches could have gone either way, it was an excellent watch as both teams used some great tactics to gain an advantage, it was a shame that someone had to lose, 6 halved matches would have been a far result but somehow USA managed to win the second day 4.5 to 1.5 making it an almost impossible task for Europe on Day 3 as USA lead 10.5 to 1.5.
On the last day it didn’t take USA long to show their dominance despite another good days golf from both teams, USA managed to putt better the Europe and this showed with another convincing win 10.5 to 1.5 despite the overall result looking like a whitewash at 21 – 3 however, the biggest winner was The Cairns Cup showing that people with varying disabilities can compete at the highest level regardless of their playing handicap. Seeing scratch golfers playing alongside high handicap golfers and working as a team was wonderful thing to see, all players, sponsors and spectators agreed that the 2022 event was a massive success and its future will be bright with headline sponsors throwing their support behind the 2024 event to be played in Michigan USA.